There are plenty of “Game Changers” out there that tend to blend with the crowd, but we’ve never experienced a build that stood out quite like this one does! It’s one thing to build a 79 that’s off-tap, but when you need to distinguish yourself from the rest, nothing quite says “I’m unique” like a bright green, pearl wrap!
This would have to be one of our favorite builds! Based on the Jmacx 300mm Chassis extension/ Coil Conversion with a Mits Alloy Evo 2 tray and canopy package, this one-off build includes the best of the best parts and accessories in the business. The Extended Jmacx Super Chassis is protected with a Raptor Coat finish and is the foundation for this build. It incorporates the coil conversion and the strengthened chassis gives the Cruiser a GVM of 4495kg, 4t towing and a combined mass of 8t. This makes the big hefty green beast capable of hauling the extra weight with ease and towing is not a problem either.
The conversion is running the Jmacx Alpha remote res shocks at 4″ of lift with in-cab electronic valve adjustment for getting the ride perfect for every situation from the comfort of the cab. Airbag Man high pressure airbags also assist with load carrying and there’s also in-cab adjustment for quick pressure changes on the fly, controlled through the Airbag Man wireless system with built-in air tank. The kit also includes an NPC Upgraded 1300Nm clutch, billet radius arms, a hydraulic brake booster and rear winch cradle incorporated into the chassis.
Bar work on the 79 comes from TJM with the T13 Outback Bar upfront, TJM brush bars and side steps for the ultimate frontal and side protection. The bar houses a Runva 13XP 13,000lbs winch for forward recovery duties and there’s also another Runva 13XP in the rear winch cradle for rearward recoveries. A set of TJM Seeker 230 LED driving lights are also housed on the bar for lighting up the tracks on those night runs. A Stedi Pro ST3300 39″ light bar is also mounted to the Rhino Pioneer Platform on the roof for lighting up ruts when doing the hard stuff in the dark.
Performance mods include a Patroldocta Stainless airbox and 4″ stainless snorkel finished in black powder coat. A multi-stage ECU Remap by Just Autos provides a well needed kick in the pants for the lazy VDJ V8 diesel and breathing is further assisted by a Torqit 3.5″ stainless and mandrel bent, DPF back exhaust.
Engine protection is care of a HPD billet catch can and Diesel Care secondary fuel filter. The exposed OEM alternator has been upgraded to a fully sealed, brushless, water cooled, 200a alternator by Rapid Power. This handles the heavier loads of the accessories as well as the added benefit of being sealed from the elements when doing water crossings, mud or in dusty environments. An under-bonnet dual battery system comprising of Redarc 25a DC/DC charger and Century Dual Force deep cycle AGM battery runs power for the in-vehicle accessories and also provides a back-up system for the battery fit-out in the canopy.
There’s a Brown Davis 180Lt long range tank that has been designed specifically by Brown Davis to suit the unique requirements of the custom chassis and coil conversion on the 79. A set of Brown Davis underbody guards also provide protection for vital underbody components when the going gets rough.
The interior has received the once over as well, being completely stripped and sound deadened with Dynamat. The OEM front seats were replaced with Scheel-mann sports bucket seats and a Cruiser Consoles centre fridge console was fitted, complete with a Bushmans 18L Roadie console fridge. A Cruiser Consoles Overhead Bulge console was also fitted to maximise interior storage and a set of Department of the Interior rear side consoles provide extra rear cup holders and 12v sockets to the back seats.
The green machine was sent over to the guys at House of Soundz for a big sound system upgrade. The factory head unit was replaced with a Kenwood 10.2 floating head unit with DB Speakers front and rear as well as custom door pods, a 5 channel amp and a subwoofer behind the rear seat. A GME XRS 370C UHF radio was fitted along with a GME AE4705 antenna to take care of communications and there is a host of Lightforce OEM switches neatly arranged into the dash controlling all manner of accessories while keeping that clean factory look. A set of Truefit 3D Maxtrax floor mats keep the factory carpet squeaky clean and a Red Arc Tow Pro Elite dial controls the trailer braking when it comes time to hauling the big loads.
The other big stand-out feature is the Mits Alloy Evo 2 tray and canopy package which utitlises a Redarc Red Vision system with twin 200a/hr lithium batteries to run a whole host of lighting and camping accessories including the Bushmans 130L upright fridge. A TJM Pro Twin Compressor is used for airing up on trails, and the tray has built-in water storage both underneath and on the headboard.
A set of Clearview Next Gen electric towing mirrors help to see around the canopy and the whole unit is rolling on 17×9″ ROH Assault wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich KM3 mud tyres which measure in at 315/70 17s. The wrap was done by Tubby Signs and gives the striking green beast it’s personality. This big green machine certainly stands out from the crowd and in a convoy of Sandy Taupe and Graphite, you know this ones’ going to turn the heads. Form and functionality is the key here and this has been one of our coolest builds yet! Keep an eye out for this one on the tracks – you certainly wont miss it!